Friday, April 12, 2013

Dark European Bread (Bread Machine)

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This recipe was given to me by one of my patients.  She used to love to maker her own bread, and made it by hand.  I took the recipe and promptly forgot all about it...

Till about 5 months ago.  I was going thru my recipes, *what*, oh come-on, like I'm the only one that loves going through their recipes at least 2x a year...
I saw this recipe again.  I really wanted to make it, but honestly, I could not picture myself standing over a bowl kneading, I just couldn't fathom it.  So I said to myself, "self (I know scary), let's see what you can do if you play around with the ingredients and use your bread machine".  I played around with the flours a little and lightened it up.  It's still a beautiful dense bread, but now it's more of a texture of bakery bought pumpernickel loaf, instead of the very dense European.

I am here to tell you my friends, we have total success!  It's delicious, you must make this I say, you must!!

Prep time:  10 minutes

Cook time:  3.5 hours (machine)
Yield:  2lb loaf

1 cup  (see notes ) + 1 tbsp water 
1 tbsp butter melted
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp caraway seeds
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt flour  What is Spelt Flour
1/4 wheat bran
1 tsp dried minced onion
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1-1/4 tsp active dry yeast

Notes: Start off with the 1 cup of water till the vigorous kneading starts on your machine.  Check to see if it needs the additional tbsp of water.  If the dough is sticky but not too sticky and pliable, you do not need the additional water.  Same with the flour.

-Place all ingredients in your bread machine in order listed, start the machine on regular cycle 2lb loaf.

-Check dough when the machine is vigorously kneading.  If it looks and feels dry add 1 + tbsp water.  If it looks and feels wet add 1+ flour.  The dough should have a uniform feel like regular bread dough, sticky but not like batter.

-Let the bread machine finish off and enjoy!!

Well actually, just slice a hunk off, slather with butter and take a huge giant bite... "oh wait that's me"!!
Whether you want to make it for a special occasion or dish, or whether you want to enjoy a delicious dark bread with your sandwiches for the week like we do.  I can guarantee you, this bread is not only simple, it's absolutely delicious!!  Did I mention healthy too?  I will definitely be using this recipe from now on to make my "rye boat dip".  I will no longer be paying those prices for a small loaf when I can make a bigger much tastier loaf at home...

Hey, isn't that why we bought the bread machine in the first place? *grin*

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

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